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What is the most popular engineering field?

I am very interested in the engineering field, I would like to be a corrosion engineer when i grow up. But at this point in my high school career, I would like to try and explore other engineering fields. #engineering #mechanical-engineering #civil-engineering #stem #chemical-engineering #women-in-stem #industrial-engineering

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Peter’s Answer


Your interest in a specialty area like corrosion engineering is unusual for someone still in high school. One of the most common applications for corrosion engineers is water corrosion. That would place you within the very important Field of Water Resources. I have spent 40 years in the Water Resources Field and I can assure you that this field is even more necessary and challenging today than when I joined it in the 1970s. A Civil Engineering degree is the Gateway to this Field. For a specialty like Water Corrosion, you could expect to do a Masters Degree. I encourage you to enter this worthwhile Field where the demand continues to grow.

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Petroleum Engineering. ...
Chemical Engineering. ...
Nuclear Engineering. ...
Electrical Engineering. ...
Computer Engineering. ...
Aerospace Engineering. ...
Materials Science and Engineering. ...
Mechanical Engineering.

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Ken’s Answer

Hi Gabriella!

You asked a very interesting question; however you might not want to seek out the most popular area of engineering as there would be a great amount of competition. What would be more wise would be seek out the area of engineering that is most interesting to you.

Here is a site that will explain the typical day of a corrosion engineer:

Here is a site whose focus is informing girls about engineering and encouraging them to follow in the field. The second site is one that is set up by and for women in engineering. You will find them both to be very helpful.

Best of luck! Please keep me informed. I would like to follow your progress.

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Davina’s Answer

Exploring other branches of engineering is a good idea at your stage. Attend an Open Day for Engineering at your local University to learn more about the most popular engineering field. As others have mentioned, there are many different fields within engineering.

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Attend an Open Day for Engineering at your local University.